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Practical Things You Need to Know Before Filing an Illinois Car Accident Case

A lawsuit may be necessary to get fair compensation for your auto accident injuriesA car accident may be the first time you ever have been potentially involved in a lawsuit. It can be intimidating and difficult to understand how the process works. While every case is unique, there are some common elements of many car accident cases that may apply to your lawsuit.

What You Should Know About Pursuing an Illinois Car Accident Case

Before you file your case, it is important to know:

  • If you have standing to sue. If you’ve been injured, if you are the parent or legal guardian of a child or other person, or if you are the personal representative of an estate then you may have standing to sue in an Illinois court.
  • That your time to file a complaint is limited. A car accident case officially begins when you file a complaint in an Illinois court. Your time to file a complaint is limited by the statute of limitations. If you file your complaint after the statute of limitations expires, then your case will likely be dismissed and you will be unable to recover damages.
  • Whether your own negligence may impact your recovery. If you were partly responsible for the accident then it could impact whether you can bring a lawsuit and recoup your losses.
  • Whether you need expert witnesses to prove your claim. Some cases benefit from different types of expert witnesses. It is important to know if your case could benefit from an expert witness and how to find the expert witnesses you need.
  • How to deal with the insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters are not looking out for your best interest. Learn how to handle insurance adjusters in a way that protect your legal rights.
  • How settlements work. Most car accident injury cases settle before trial. If you’ve been injured then it’s important to understand how such settlements are reached and to take the necessary steps to work toward a fair settlement of your claim.

It is also important to know that you have the right to hire an attorney to help you with your claim. Our personal injury lawyers have experience representing clients at every stage of a car accident case and will provide you with the help that you need to make a fair and just recovery. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please start a live chat with us today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham